Web Development Tools
Essential Web Development Tools
Developing a successful web site takes a great deal of planning
and preparation. An important part of your preparation is obtaining
the essential tools of the trade.
An HTML editor is a software program used to create and edit HTML
Although some Internet marketers prefer to write their own HTML
code, most prefer to use an HTML editor, as it can greatly simplify
a somewhat difficult process. However, using an HTML editor has
its disadvantages, as some editors have a tendency to add a lot
of unnecessary coding and may not support the latest technologies.
Whether you will be writing your own HTML or using an editor, taking
the time to learn HTML is very important. Not only will you gain
your independence, but you'll also have the ability to add special
effects that many HTML editors don't support.
Here are some popular HTML editors:
A popular WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) HTML editor. Great
for beginners and advanced users alike.
A popular HTML editor that's great for beginners as well as advanced
users. Includes a built in browser that will enable you to instantly
preview your HTML as you go.
Hot Dog Professional
Three HTML editors, including HotDog Junior for children, PageWiz
for the novice user and Professional for advanced and budding webmasters.
A text editor is a software program used for editing plain text
that doesn't add any special formatting.
If you're considering writing your own HTML code, you'll need a
good text editor. Although it will certainly be more time consuming,
your code will be much cleaner and can reduce your file size considerably.
In addition to using a text editor to write HTML, it can also be
used to edit scripts and write articles.
If you have a Windows operating system, Note Pad is the preferred
text editor. It should already be installed on your computer.
Although Note Pad is a great little text editor, it can't handle
large files and is much better suited for smaller jobs. You may
find that you'd like an editor that is more powerful, such as:
NoteTab Pro http://www.notetab.com/
File Transfer Protocol, better known as FTP, is a procedure used
to upload and download files to and from your web server.
Although many HTML editors will enable you to edit and transfer
pages to your server, an FTP program is still an essential tool,
as you must have complete control over the files on your server.
An FTP program will enable you to upload scripts, set file permissions,
create folders and transfer files to and from your server.
In order to use FTP, you'll need to download and install a software
program on your computer. The most widely used FTP program is WS
FTP Pro http://www.wsftp.com
A graphics editor is a software program that will enable you to
design and edit graphics.
Graphic design is an intimidating subject for many Internet entrepreneurs.
However, most of us must learn some basic design techniques in order
to avoid the high costs of hiring a professional designer.
The most popular program used by Internet marketers is Paint Shop
Pro. This powerful program is the only program you'll need to design
professional looking graphics.
A Zip file is an "archive" of one or more files compressed
into one file for easy distribution.
Zip files are used to compress and transport file archives over
the Internet. It is the preferred method used for electronic file
distribution, as rather than downloading several different files,
you can simply download one Zip file. In addition, the download
time will be minimized, as the files within the Zip archive are
Once a Zip file is downloaded, it can be easily opened and extracted
(unzipped) with a Zip/Unzip software program.
Although there are many Zip software programs available on the
Internet, WinZip is the most popular. WinZip makes working with
file archives simple. It features an easy point-and-click, drag-and-drop
interface for viewing, extracting, adding, deleting and testing
You can download a fully functional evaluation version here:
Although most Internet Service Providers include email accounts
for their customers, these accounts aren't adequate for an Internet
business -- especially if you get a large amount of email. Not only
do the email addresses contain your ISP's name, but they are also
very limited on features and options.
The two most popular email clients used online are Outlook and
Eudora. These programs will enable you to download email from your
server and offer features, such as sorting and
filtering, and will enable you to easily organize your email messages.
What's more, your email address will be your own domain -- not someone
Your webmaster toolbox will play an important part in your success.
Take the time to ensure your toolbox contains these essential tools
and you'll be well on your way to designing a professional web site.
About the Author
Shelley Lowery is the
author of the acclaimed web design course, Web Design Mastery. http://www.webdesignmastery.com
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